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You can teach an old goat new tricks.

Peanut butter and chocolate. Beer and pretzels. Ice and cream. Some things are too good to mess with, and you can add the Volkl Gotama Ski to the list. It's a big-mountain ski dressed up like a do-it-all charger, and it might well be the only thing you'll need to have in your quiver this winter.

At 107mm underfoot, the "Goat" is plenty wide for all but the deepest pow days, and it has the ELP (Extended Low Profile) rocker to prove it. The rocker profile is designed to compliment the ski's flex and sidecut, so it's incredibly easy to get full edge contact when you roll your ski up and try to lock into a turn. This makes the Gotama a serious performer on the hardpack, even though its dimensions would suggest it's more at home in the soft stuff. Of course, it still floats like a butterfly when you're in a pow-gobbling mood.

You can drive it hard no matter where you're riding, though, courtesy of a Power/Tough Box construction that uses stiff ash underfoot and lively poplar in the tip and tail, with a fiberglass and composite sheath around the ash for plenty of stiffness and power where you need it. This helps to prevent binding pull-outs, too, so you don't have to worry about hammering a turn and looking down to find that your ski isn't attached to your binding anymore. You won't find a tougher, more exciting do-it-all big-mountain ski around.

  • Extended Low Profile (ELP) full rocker profile
  • Multi-layer wood core (poplar tip and tail, ash underfoot)
  • Power/Tough Box fiberglass and composite wrap
  • Vertical sidewalls

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1 5

Gotama core broke on first day

I've never seen a sky behave so poorly. After 1 day of skiing fresh powder, and I admit there were some rocks underneath, and branches in tree skiing, my son's brand new Gotamas looked like they had been skied on pure rock for weeks. I have older Voelkl skis, skied the same terrain, hit the same rocks, and had scratches - to be expected. His had scratches all the way to the wood core and cracks in the core and a bent out metal lining. When we took them to the repair shop, they were shocked. They had a lot of repairs in from that day, but nothing like that. Everybody who looked at the damage couldn't believe the base layer wouldn't have held up better, and how the core could break like that.
I tested it the next day and rented my son some Rossignols demo skis. We skied the same terrain, skied them hard, and guess what - just a few superficial scratches, while my Voelkls scratches were actually deeper than the Rossignols.
We're not trying to break a few pairs of skis here - I'm just upset by the supposedly high quality of my formerly favorite ski manufacturer.
Even my 2- year old skis are not what Voelkl used to be.
I'm not buying any Voelk skis anymore.

maybe the other users had better snow conditions. That's still no excuse for such lousy workmanship or materials. A ski is supposed to be able to take some abuse on ice and snow. I think that's what everybody would expect.

The Super 7 by Rossignol held up completely differently to the conditions. I'll keep testing this with other skis if I have the opportunity, but something is wrong with the Gotama manufacturing, or maybe this pair of skis is just a bad batch?

Anybody else have problems like that?

Gotama core broke on first day

Looking for ski for when I go out West. 43yr, experienced strong skier, but not nearly as nimble in trees or bumps as used to be due to knee injury. Power is not an issue in crud or flats for me and like look of Gotama, but wondering if getting 178mm might be better than 186mm at this age if I want to retain some of the nimbleness I used to have in tighter spots. I'm 6'0 200lb for reference. I'd go Soul 7, but I think I'd just overpower them in crud, etc. regardless of length.

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I completely agree with you about the Soul 7! I have the Gotama in 170cm and it is my favorite ski EVER! I'm 5'6, 135lb, grew up in Park City so I've been skiing forever... This ski definitely covers everything I think the Soul 7 is missing, just like you said.
The only time I think you would really need that extra length is when you are charging it at mach 10 or want a little extra float in deeper snow. But if reckless high speeds aren't your thing, then you should be fine on the 178! Especially considering prior knee injury - that shorter length will be much more maneuverable in those conditions.
This ski is fully rockered, so your effective edge feels a bit shorter on hard pack. On the other hand, that's a lot of ski to move through tight trees.
Bottom line, the difference is small enough that you really can't go wrong. If you want to err on the side of caution (maneuverability), then go with the 178! If you think you'll want that extra float in deep snow and stability at high speeds, go with the 186!
Shoot me an email if you have any questions!

4 5

all around banger

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I only had one day on these skis, but they were the easiest pair to become familiar with in all my experience. I skied the 186. Not using skis with a turn radius as tight as these, I was very surprised as to how quickly they turned, super responsive. They weren't ideal for long turns at high speed, but for anything in the mid-turn range, all the way to tight quick turns, they handled extremely well. I also skied on these on a groomer didn't get to ski them in anything deep.

They're super fun, and I definitely recommend them to any level of skier.

Deciding on size. I'm 6'0" 175lbs. I ski the B/L Cottonwood here in Utah. I'm aggressive and can handle blacks just fine but still learning how to charge hard. Should I go 178 or 186?

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Wooooo LCC/BCC! I'd go with the 186! On hard pack, they will ski a bit short because that full rocker shortens your effective edge. And that extra surface area will keep you afloat in deeper snow! Plus that will give you more stability when you are charging. I think you would just out-ski the 178. This ski is AWESOME! Send it!

Hi, is this Gotama better all-mountain (pow preference) that Rossignol Soul 7 ?
Because i want light, forgiving and playful all-mountain ski - especialy for pow and I've been thinking of a bunch of skis and Gotama and Soul 7 is the best I think . Winter is coming so please help me with decision.

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Gotoma has been a proven winner for many years and see them all over the place which always says something. Rossignol Soul 7 was the hot ski last year and is on the track to repeat that again this year.

Gotoma will be a stronger overall ski and has the ability and construction to charge and play harder all over the entire mountain. Where as the Soul is the true super light, forgiving, and more playful ski.

With your exact comments from above I think it would be hard for anybody not to recommend the Soul 7 for you. The Soul has its speed limits and crud busting ability is not on par with the Gotoma so only you know what conditions you like to ski and how aggressive you approach your day on the mountains.

Good luck and keep us posted.

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I own a pair of Gotamas (purchased 4 years ago) and have skied the Soul 7s two times this year. The Goats are for very strong hard charging skiers that thrive on aggressiveness. I would not describe them as playful at all; the sidecut is not pronounced, so they want to go straight down the mountain. The Soul 7s, are the opposite--they are light and feathery and want to be 'surfed'. Even if you're a little back seat, these skis won't punish you like the Goats.

I'd agree with the previous poster, the Goats will bust through any crud and go faster than the Souls. But for softer snow, the Souls are just way more fun.

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Where are these skis made? My old gotes are made in China, have they started making them in Germany?